US scientists replace scalpels with electrical currents during surgery

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Spotted: A team of scientists in California has discovered a way to use electrical currents, instead of scalpels, in some types of surgery. The process could significantly reduce recovery time from certain procedures and eliminate painful scarring. The technique only takes minutes and does not require a single incision. Instead, electrical currents and 3D-printed molds are used to reshape cartilage. The process works because cartilage is made up of proteins and neurons that react to the electrical current. That reaction causes the cartilage to become more malleable, according to Michael Hill, Ph.D., a leading member of the team that made the…

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